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Guide to the Mysterious Gnomes in The Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Gnomes in The Sims 3 are fun little mischievous special items that can be found throughout the game. There are many varieties of this item and they can be hard to find without a guide. This guide will help you find out where and how to get these fun little gnomes to add to your home in The Sims 3!

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    The Sims 3 Gnomes

    Gnomes in The Sims 3 are special items that can be found when a Sim does something to trigger finding one. There are many different gnomes that a Sim can come across, but they all pretty much do the same things.

    The Mysterious Mr. Gnome in The Sims 3 can be named to personalize it. It can also be kicked, but this will sometimes result in it losing a little bit of value. Usually it is worth $1,000 simoleons, but when kicked sometimes it drops down to $999.

    The Sims 3 Gnomes Gnomes usually change location on the lot (when placed) at around 1:00A.M. Gnomes can be seen doing odd things like handstands, watching TV (turning the TV and laying in front of it), turning the radio on, looking like they are walking, or posing in a theatrical way.

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    The Mysterious Mr. Gnome in The Sims 3

    The first gnome that you will likely come across is the Mysterious Mr. Gnome. This gnome is perhaps the easiest to find.

    Mysterious Mr Gnome in The Sims 3 

    Mysterious Mr. Gnome can be found by:

    • Sending ore or gems off to be smelted or cut could be a gnome instead
    • Exploring the Catacombs in the graveyard
    • Through transfiguration
    • Mining
    • As a reward from being promoted in the Criminal Career or Investigator Profession
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Master Manchu the Magical Gnome of China

    When visiting Shang Simla in China through The Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack, you can acquire one of the special Sims 3 gnomes. This gnome poses with martial arts moves.

    Master Manchu the Magical Gnome of China 

    Master Manchu the Magical Gnome of China can be found by:

    • Sending ore or gems off to be smelted or cut could be this gnome instead. Must use the basecamp mailbox while there!
    • Randomly found sometimes when fishing in Shang Simla
    • Exploring the Catacombs at the Chinese Mausoleum
    • Picked up while visiting the museum in Champs Les Sims
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Sultan Sam the Magical Gnome of Egypt

    When visiting Al Simhara in Egypt through The Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack, you can acquire one of the special Sims 3 gnomes. This gnome has special poses based on what you would see on an Egyptian wall.

    Sultan Sam the Magical Gnome of Egypt 

    Sultan Sam the Magical Gnome of Egypt can be found by:

    • Sending ore or gems off to be smelted or cut could be this gnome instead. Must use the basecamp mailbox while there!
    • Randomly found sometimes when fishing in Al Simhara
    • Exploring the Catacombs at the Egyptian Mausoleum
    • Picked up while visiting the museum in Champs Les Sims
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Little Leon the Magical Gnome of France

    When visiting Champs Les Sims in France through The Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack, you can acquire one of the special Sims 3 gnomes. This gnome does poses that Napoleon would do.

    Little Leon the Magical Gnome of France 

    Little Leon the Magical Gnome of France can be found by:

    • Sending ore or gems off to be smelted or cut could be this gnome instead. Must use the basecamp mailbox while there!
    • Randomly found sometimes when fishing in Champs Les Sims
    • Exploring the Catacombs at the French Mausoleum
    • Picked up while visiting the museum in Champs Les Sims
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    The Magical Gnome of Invention

    When you have The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack installed, you can find this special Mysterious Mr. Gnome when “inventing” with the “Scraptastic Workbench.” This invention only happens on accident. This gnome often poses like a robot.

    The Magical Gnome of Invention 

    The Magical Gnome of Invention can be found by:

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    The Magical Gnome of Sculpting

    When you have The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack installed, you can find this special Mysterious Mr. Gnome when “sculpting” with the “Pedestrian Sculpting Station.” This only happens on accident. This gnome often poses like a famous sculpture, such as “The Thinker.” The look of this gnome depends on what type of material the Sim was sculpting with.

    The Magical Gnome of Sculpting 

    The Magical Gnome of Invention can be found by:

    • Accidently when “sculpting” with the Pedestrian Sculpting Station
    • Randomly found sometimes when mining
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Abracadabra the Magical Gnome of Laundry

    When you have The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack installed, you can sometimes find this special Mysterious Mr. Gnome when doing laundry.

    Abracadabra the Magical Gnome of Laundry 

    Abracadabra the Magical Gnome of Laundry can be found by:

    • Randomly when using the most expensive dryer
    • Randomly when collecting your Sim’s laundry
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Troglodyte the Magical Gnome of B.C.

    When you have The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack installed, you can sometimes find this special Mysterious Mr. Gnome.

    Troglodyte the Magical Gnome of BC 

    Troglodyte the Magical Gnome of B.C. can be found by:

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    Blingaboo the Magical Hip-Hop Gnome

    When you have The Sims 3: Late Night expansion pack installed, you can sometimes acquire this special gnome.

    Blingaboo the Magical Hip-Hop Gnome 

    Blingaboo the Magical Hip-Hop Gnome can be found by:

    • Randomly sent to your Sim as a gift for being a Sims 3 celebrity
    • Using the “buydebug” cheat
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    Magical Vampire Gnome

    When you have The Sims 3: Late Night expansion pack installed, you can sometimes acquire this special gnome that poses like the Sims 3 vampires. Having the gardening skill helps to get this magical gnome because you will need to garden the plasma fruit in order for one to magically appear.

    Magical Vampire Gnome 

    Magical Vampire Gnome can be found by: